Women’s Walking Program covers almost 16,000 miles

Oregon, Ill.—Over a 12-week period, participants in the “Women Out Walking” (WOW) program in Ogle County increased their physical activity. WOW participants logged 15, 700 miles by the end of May. The walking program was sponsored by the Ogle County Health Department to help women become more active.

“Women Out Walking” program began in February. The 12-week walking program provided pedometers and support to women who registered for the program. Monthly education programs were offered in Byron, Oregon, and Rochelle. The program ended May 1 with a 5-K walk at Oregon Park West in Oregon.

More than 140 women signed up for the program. “The education department at the Health Department was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the program,” according to Carol Erickson, director of Health Education. “The original grant was to enroll 50 women. After two days of registration, 75 women had signed up.” Erickson made a quick call to the Office of Women’s Health at the Illinois Department of Public Health to expand the program to 100 women.

Participant Suzanne Rypkema said: “This was a wonderful program. Please do this again.” Another participant, Ella Rose of Byron, stated: “Your program has been a wonderful incentive to get me moving more. I really appreciate the pedometer and journal. Keeping track of my steps is a great educational tool.”

For more information about walking, call Ogle County Health Department at (815) 732-7330, ext. 279. Additional pedometers and journals are available for $10 at the health department in Oregon.

“Women Out Walking” was funded through the Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Women’s Health.

from the June 20-26, 2007, issue

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